Tags: toy, Small-sized, High energy level, Adaptable to apartment life, Requires firm, dedicated training
Believe it or not, we Poms used to weigh 30 pounds and herd sheep -- back when the lowland agricultural region of Poland and Germany was called Pomerania. Yes, my ancestors were herding dogs and sled dogs. Then dog-breeders started to downsize us, again and again (more than 50 percent shrinkage during Queen Victoria's reign) until we became the fox-faced fur ball (3-7 pounds) you hold in your hands today. The Pomeranian was accepted in the AKC's Toy Group in 1888. We rank 14th on the club's list of dog registration statistics -- right above the Doberman Pinscher.
- Adaptable to apartment life
- Affectionate family friend
- Agile and active
- Always alert
- Classy canine
- Energizer doggie
- Coat needs regular care
- Intelligent and ready to learn
- Playful pal
- Social butterfly
- Training should start early
- Training must be firm but gentle, patient and consistent
- Willing watchdog
What to expect
We're going to be together for a long time (12-16 years is the life expectancy of a healthy Pom) so I need to make sure you can tolerate my eccentricities. Let's start early in my obedience training and socialization to work on a couple Pom tendencies: Barking at the least little thing. And nipping at little things, big things, and fingers and ankles in particular. Please teach me the meaning of 'No!" now. Please pay attention to the eyes, ears, and teeth I will need for the next 16 years. Learn (from your vet or a video) how to clean and maintain them. I promise not to use my tartar-free teeth to protest.
Possible hypothyroidism, patellar luxation (slipped kneecaps), tracheal collapse, and skin conditions.